The United States annually grants immigrant visas and citizenship to approximately 675,000 people. As per the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). So, naturally, millions try to get an entry into America each year. Yet they deny many applications. While asking some to submit additional documents to supplement their application. Either way, you get a chance to present your case once again before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. along with all the files needed for acceptance.
When the government agency asks for more information to reassess a candidate’s request, it allows only so much time to provide the required papers. But over the past two years, the world has been in the grasp of the unrelenting coronavirus, forcing people to stay indoors and forbidding all non-essential activities. As a result, many immigration applicants, requestors, and petitioners couldn’t send in their documents, possibly missing the deadlines. If you are one such individual, we have good news for you; now, you can present the needed forms to the U.S authorities till March 6, 2022.
Owing to the pandemic and how it halted most activities around the world, the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced to extend the deadlines for responding to agency requests.
The decision to extend flexibility for applicants and petitioners is not unexpected or unheard-of. USCIS released a similar announcement back on March 30, 2020. At the time, the allotted grace period to candidates whose applications had requested due dates between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. The USCIS gave 60 calendar days after the request due date to submit the necessary documents.
Now, after almost two years, the government authority has revised its decision and announced an extension for applications with the request due dates between March 1, 2020, and March 26, 2022. Or if the issuance date of the agency request is between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, inclusive.
Interested individuals can now use 60 additional days to gather all the notices and submit those to the respective agency.
Extension for Applications Announcement
Here is an excerpt from the notice released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Notices of Intent to Deny;
- Notices of Intent to Revoke;
- Requests for Evidence;
- Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
- Notices of Intent to Rescind;
- Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers; and
- Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information A er Grant.
The department will also consider a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or Form N-336. As well as, a Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA) if they meet the following conditions.
- Filing the form within 60 working days after the issuance date of the agency request.
- The authority gave its decision on the case anytime between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
If you have not been keeping up with your application on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website, be sure to check it to see if you qualify for the leniency granted by the USCIS.
The flexibility in submitting documentation comes for particular cases only. Here is the list of notes you can present to the USCIS within 60 days after the agency’s request due date.
Request of Evidence
As implied by the name, Request of Evidence means that the U.S. The Citizenship and Immigration Department is not satisfied with the papers submitted with your application and requires more. They can demand it in the cases of residency permits, citizenship, family visas, and employment visas.
Continuations to Request Evidence
Continuations to Request Evidence means the government authority needs secondary documents to process your application for a visa, Green Card, or citizenship. As given away by the name, it is a continuation of the proofs requested initially.
Notices of Intent to Deny
They request Notices of Intent to Deny or NOID when a person sends incomplete documents with their application. This is why their case isn’t processed. Understandably, USCIS will have to refuse entry to a candidate if they fail to present all the information needed. But with this notice, you get time to fix the mistake you made the first time.
Notices of Intent to Revoke
Notices of Intent to Revoke or NOIR is a message sent by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Department to a petitioner. It states that they revoked their request. Along with the reasons for the decision. However, a NOIR also comes with a period of time in which you can respond to it. And consult an immigration attorney to find out what you can do next.
Notice of Intent to Rescind
Like Notices of Intent to Revoke. They use Notice of Intent to Rescind, also called NOIR, to communicate to a petitioner. So they know if they are not eligible to get the visa they applied for. Along with the reasons behind it.
Like all other agency requests. If you reach out to an immigration law expert within the time frame given by the USCIS they can help you deal with NOIR.
Notices of Intent to Terminate Regional Centers or NOIT
A NOIT is a channel of communication between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and an application of a regional center license. Through which they inform the latter that their request that they may deny the request. If you respond to the notice and take prompt action, you can save your case.
Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information A er Grant
If the government authority receives derogatory information regarding a petitioner with an earlier accepted request. It might send a notice to inform the person of its intent to reopen the case. Of course, if that happens and they find the candidate guilty. They will reject their application. Therefore, one must respond to a Motion to Reopen by the USCIS.
If you are in the process of waiting for your visa to the U.S. and have received any of the mentioned notices. Don’t want your case rejected. Then respond to those before the revised deadline.